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04 December 2022

Strategic Tactical Suffering

The United States and its allies should consider opening channels of communication with Russia over the situation around Ukraine in order to begin negotiations and avoid an escalation that could lead to an exchange of nuclear strikes. This was stated by American political scientist Harry Kazianis in an article published on Monday on the Responsible Statecraft portal.

So far, there is no information about any "communications," but there is persistent speculation by Washington on the use of tactical nuclear weapons in a special military operation (SVO) to protect Donbass. Opponents of Russia know that there are such weapons, they also know that Moscow does not threaten anyone unnecessarily. On this occasion, there have already been statements at the highest level, the correspondent of The Moscow Post reports.

The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that Moscow has no plans to use nuclear weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that there can be no winners in a nuclear war. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in April announced "very significant" risks of such a scenario, but stressed that Moscow's principled position lies in the inadmissibility of the use of nuclear forces. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also said that there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Article 19 of the Russian Nuclear Doctrine stipulates that "the Conditions governing the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons by the Russian Federation are:

a) receipt of reliable information on the launch of ballistic missiles attacking the territories of the Russian Federation and (or) its allies;

b) use by the enemy of nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction in the territories of the Russian Federation and (or) its allies;

c) enemy impact on critical state or military facilities of the Russian Federation, the disabling of which will lead to the disruption of the retaliatory actions of nuclear forces;

d) aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons, when the very existence of the state is threatened. "

They know, but blow in the ears

Everyone knows, but continues to speculate on this topic. In war, as in war, especially cognitive, when the target is the ears of both the enemy to justify himself and the ally to fear. So there are streams of "fabrications about suspicions." The London "highly likely" recipe mixtour is sold and bought. Especially in Europe, where potassium iodide tablets are loaded. The first goal has been achieved - already frightened Europeans receive information about radiation, buy pills, remember Russians.

The second goal is to convince the gullible public and the media that things are going uphill for the Kyiv Nazis, that Moscow has no choice but to use extreme means. The United States began to speculate with chemical weapons, as in Syria, but went further. Along the way, diverting attention from its biological laboratories built along the borders of Russia.

Finally, promoting a nuclear theme in the context of the SVO, Washington is mobilizing already mobilized allies. The previous task is being solved - not to let the ring of sanctions be weakened, to turn away from Moscow those who treat the conflict in Ukraine with understanding.

Russia's SCO and BRICS partners are becoming targets of American nuclear speculation. In other words, the United States is looking for how to aggravate the conflict, how to further isolate Russia. The topic of tactical nuclear weapons is chosen for this. And nuclear provocations on the territory of Ukraine that simulate a nuclear strike cannot be ruled out.

They know, but they keep silent

It surprises the passivity of the Russian media, all those who should answer these speculations.

Frontal accusations of lies and provocations by the United States are not enough, information is needed.

And the first thing the European public should know is that the tactical nuclear warheads at Russia's disposal are for American bases in Europe. If you want to sleep peacefully, remove the bases, especially those where nuclear bombs are stored.

And it turns out that Joe Biden through his court media threatens the international consequences of Russia, and does not receive a counter-revealing pill. This work from the Americans is built, goes according to plan. Following the host, Secretary of State Blinken, also from an interview, also from CBS, speaks with a reminder. And it says the US has a plan to retaliate if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Both know, but they are silent about the main thing. Namely, the fact that the nuclear weapons of the Russian Federation are not for Ukraine.

Legislators continue to throw "into our zone." South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham leads by example, warns and explains that "radiation will not stop within Ukraine, it will go further to Europe, so it will be an attack on NATO." Correctly says, but also does not specify - the attack will be on the Pentagon bases on the territory of NATO countries. Not in the form of radiation, but directly. Why wait for a tailwind?

Load plutonium with barrels

This famous "peace fighter" does not recall that in his home state, in the Savannah River area, American authorities promised to build an enterprise to convert excess plutonium into mixed oxide fuel (MOX fuel) for nuclear power plants. State authorities even sued the feds on the matter. The defendants were the United States Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), part of its structure.

Lindsey Graham, who claimed the presidency of the United States in 2015, in 2014 publicly outraged that Washington, on the issue of plutonium disposal, chose the way to store radioactive material in a diluted state in containers instead of industrial disposal agreed with Moscow. The senator opposed the closure of the MOX plant project in South Carolina, recalling that abandoning construction would turn the state into a permanent repository of excess weapons-grade plutonium.

Later, Senator Graham even worried about non-compliance with the terms of the 2010 Russian-American agreement, said that the Trump administration continued the erroneous course of Obama. Can I remind him of his good intentions, as well as that South Carolina remains a "repository of excess weapons-grade plutonium" and a potential source of radiation? Maybe you shouldn't throw stones at a neighbor while living in a glass house?

Sleep everywhere or go with your mind

Never married and without children, Senator Graham hated Trump, but in 2017 he moved to the camp of his associates and became known for threatening the Russian president, to which press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted: "Many, unfortunately, go with their minds."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also went to reason. He also has what he worries about in addition to Ukraine. The zoo's chief duty officer, commonly referred to as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was born and raised in Norway. Jens Stoltenberg, who himself visited the Prime Minister, is also the son of a statesman who advocated cooperation with Russia. The son squanders this inheritance, does not skimp on provocative statements. NBC said that the use of nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine will completely change the "nature of the conflict."

He skimmed, did not say that NATO's participation in the conflict could hit his country. Norway has a special role in NATO. If not to say a particularly risky mission related to geography. The Russian strategic submarine base is very close to the Norwegian border. Russian Navy bases, including strategic nuclear submarine bases, are located on the Kola Peninsula in Hajiyev, just a hundred kilometers from Norway. Northwest of Hajiyev is the base of Bolshaya Lopatka.

Norwegian intelligence is closely monitoring Russian troops from their headquarters in Lutvanna. According to the lieutenant colonel of the Norwegian Military Academy Tormud Heyer, for the United States, Norway and especially the province of Finnmark is an important point of listening and surveillance of Russian territory. In Vardø, 30 kilometers from the border with Russia, the base of the American Globus radar system is located.

Lieutenant Colonel Heyer claims that "the Norwegian authorities want to maintain strategic balance - up to the point of giving the Russian Northern Fleet the opportunity to survive the first blow from the American side in the event of war."

The mention of "strategic equilibrium" sounds threatening and naive, given that Norway has agreed to deploy US B-1B Lancer bombers at Erland airbase to "deter" Russia in the Arctic region. The Olavsvern base for nuclear submarines patrolling the region was also re-mothballed. The base was built in the 60s of the last century and closed in 2002, as it turned out, for a while. So Jens Stoltenberg, taking care of the interests of the United States, does not think about the fate of Norway, if there is a nuclear conflict.

And Poland with Romania there

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Joane said that the political and strategic importance of Poland and Romania in Europe is increasing. He referred to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who said that NATO's "center of gravity" is shifting east. Poland and Romania are becoming countries with great political and strategic weight.

"We are not parties to this conflict," Joane argued. - We are obliged to help Ukraine, protect allies and not contribute to the escalation of the conflict between NATO and the Russian Federation. NATO is not a party and will not be a party to this conflict. " But everything is possible, especially after the explosion of gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. The Over Defense edition, based on data from the American organization Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), unveiled the concept of a sudden strike by NATO forces in the Kaliningrad region. According to the publication, it was about the destruction of short-range Iskander ballistic missile launchers, strikes on ships and infrastructure of the Baltic Fleet, and Triumph S-400 systems. The purpose of the operation was to ensure the security of the Baltic countries, which can be talked about for a long time, but separately.

Deterrence by threat of retaliation

It's not about Ukraine at all. Washington is sending a toxic information fog, knowing that Moscow is not considering any use of nuclear weapons in the post-Soviet space, but is ready for this only in the event of a military clash with the United States and NATO assistants.

Decree No. 355 "On the basics of the policy of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear deterrence" of June 2, 2020, the incomprehensible Westerners laid out everything on the shelves.

The Decree notes that the deterrence of aggression is ensured by the totality of military power, including nuclear weapons, that the nuclear deterrence policy is defensive in nature, deters a potential enemy from aggression against the Russian Federation and (or) its allies, and in the event of a military conflict, ensures the prevention of escalation of hostilities and their cessation on acceptable terms. The use of nuclear weapons is considered exclusively as an extreme and forced measure.

At the same time, states, military coalitions (blocs, alliances) that consider the Russian Federation as a potential enemy and deploy missile defense systems and means, intermediate-range and shorter-range cruise and ballistic missiles, high-precision non-nuclear and hypersonic weapons, attack UAVs and directed energy weapons, place nuclear weapons on their territories and their delivery vehicles fall into the zone of operation of Russia's nuclear doctrine.

The decree confirms that nuclear deterrence is carried out in relation to individual states that consider the Russian Federation as a potential enemy and possess nuclear weapons and (or) other types of weapons of mass destruction, or significant combat potential of general forces.

The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction against it and/or its allies, as well as in the case of aggression with the use of conventional weapons, when the very existence of a State is threatened. It is clear that in conditions of a multiple advantage in the potential in favor of the North Atlantic Alliance, Moscow can use nuclear weapons in case of aggression. But Ukraine has nothing to do with it.

The Clause "in Article 19 deserves special attention:" the enemy's impact on critical state or military facilities of the Russian Federation, the disabling of which will lead to a disruption of the retaliatory actions of nuclear forces. " We are talking about critical command posts, communication centers, locations of persons who have the right to decide on the use of nuclear weapons, elements of a missile attack warning system. In other words, in cases where the enemy is only trying to ensure the opportunity for himself to strike with impunity. In response to such actions, nuclear weapons will be used.

To the danger line

The risk of provocations accusing Russia of using tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine is not reduced. The topic does not leave the White House agenda, although, according to the presidential spokesman, "the United States does not see signs that Russia is preparing for <... > the use of nuclear weapons." As if they backed down, calmed down. But no, they may have changed the format of the event.

The Times of London reports that NATO warned the countries in the alliance that Russia could conduct nuclear tests on the borders with Ukraine in the Black Sea, "demonstrating its readiness to use weapons of mass destruction." Sea spaces are more difficult to control, pressed a button and ends into the water, as with gas pipelines. And the effect can be significant.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has published a procedure for dealing with an accident at a nuclear power plant or a nuclear attack.

And Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Konstantin Vorontsov, speaking at a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, said that the supply of American weapons to Ukraine brings the situation closer to the line of a direct military clash between Russia and NATO.

Photo: RIA Novosti

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